A fantastic day of learning welcomed a community of educators, service providers and agencies to explore issues that impact health and well-being from multiple perspectives. Together with Candida Brooks-Harrison, LCSW, founder of The Village Enrichment Associates, and the Provost and Social Work Department of CUNY Medgar Evers College, the Beyond Cultural Competence in Health and Social Services Conference featured panel presentations and discussions at Medgar Evers College on Monday October 15th from 1 pm to 8 pm.

The program included interactive presentations and discussions designed to bring our voices together to better serve our community, increase knowledge and expand our understanding as we explore issues and topics that impact communities. A fantastic group of presenters from within and outside ICL led panel presentations and discussions to deepen awareness and expand ideas about community strengths, challenges and responsive services.

This conference is part of an ongoing effort by ICL to help the community move beyond the idea of individuals being “culturally competent” to the development of a systemic lens of nuanced reflective process across race, diversity and intersectionality.